BIG STAR Ardent Studio Sessions (1972/1973)

Ardent Studio Sessions (1972/73)
Alt Takes, Rough Mixes & Lost Songs

I won’t bore you with the Big Star story. If you don’t know it, you’d probably be better served with one of their first two studio albums, #1 Record or Radio City. This post is a collection of unreleased alternate recordings from the short-lived band’s original 1972-73 sessions. Followers will be especially interested in “There Was A Light” and “I Got Kinda Lost,” both tunes that wound up on Chris Bell’s posthumous 1992 release, I Am The Cosmos, but are sung here by Alex Chilton. “Another Time, Another Place & You” and “Untitled” are unfinished instrumental backing tracks, while “Motel Blues” is a studio take of the Loudon Wainwright composition that Chilton popularized during a 1974 WLIR radio broadcast. The uninitiated will recognize “In The Street,” an alternate, B-side version that was re-made for the opening theme on That 70’s Show. Though the lyrics (“wish we had, a joint so bad”) were revised, credit the show with bringing a great tune (sadly, not Big Star’s version) to the masses. These files are a much better sounding variation of the bootleg, What’s Goin’ Ahn.

Feel (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Guitar) (3:37)
Ballad Of El Goodo (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Vocals)
In The Street (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Guitar) (2:56)
In The Street (Alternate Take – Single B-Side) (2:59)
Thirteen (Alternate Mix) (2:43)
Don’t Lie To Me (Rough Mix) (3:14)
When My Baby’s Beside Me (Alternate Mix) (3:27)
My Life Is Right (Alternate Mix w/ Intro) (3:19)
Give Me Another Chance (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Lead Guitar) (3:28)
Another Time, Another Place And You (Instrumental Backing Track) (2:31)
There Was A Light (Demo w/ Alex Chilton Vocals) (3:40)
I Got Kinda Lost (Demo w/ Alex Chilton Vocals) (3:51)
Motel Blues (Demo) (3:07)
Gone With The Light (Demo) (2:51)
O My Soul (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Vocals) (5:23)
Mod Lang (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Vocals) (2:47)
You Get What You Deserve (Rough Mix) (3:07)
Untitled (Instrumental Backing Track) (2:48)
Way Out West (Rough Mix w/ Alternate Vocals) (2:50)
Daisy Glaze (Instrumental Backing Track) (3:46)
She’s A Mover (Alternate Take) (3:15)
Morpha Too (Rough Mix) (1:25)


  • Capt. Willard
    March 19, 2009 - 16:44 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2009 - 08:43 | Permalink

    BIG STAR…BIG FAN… Thank you what another amazing post Really am enjoying these finds we seem to have the same taste

  • Pants Elk
    March 20, 2009 - 10:40 | Permalink

    Awesome photograph, too.

  • Anonymous
    March 20, 2009 - 21:15 | Permalink

    THANK YOU! I have been looking for this and am very anxious to hear it.

  • rap
    March 21, 2009 - 01:33 | Permalink

    Willard roolz!

  • Art Ducko
    March 21, 2009 - 01:50 | Permalink

    Thanks again, Mr. Willard. I got to see Alex Chilton play at the legendary Antennae club in Memphis back in the late 80's, & still get chills (no pun intended) just thinking about it. What a groove!

  • Capt. Willard
    March 21, 2009 - 01:54 | Permalink

    Cool. Never caught him myself.

  • James
    March 21, 2009 - 13:41 | Permalink

    That 70's Show did use the Big Star original during its first season. It was later replaced with the Cheap Trick cover (unfortunately, retitled as "That 70's Show Theme (In The Street)" – that's how it's titled on the soundtrack CD). Syndicated reruns of the first season episodes also use the Cheap Trick version, if I'm not mistaken.

    Anyway, this is a great collection. Thanks!

  • James
    March 21, 2009 - 13:44 | Permalink

    Or not. I just checked around the Internet and learned that the first season version of "In The Street" wasn't Big Star's after all, but a new version recorded for the show (and then replaced by Cheap Trick's). Chalk this up to my memory playing a trick on me!

  • 3410
    March 21, 2009 - 15:16 | Permalink

    I've been listening to this a bit recently. Check out "Thank You Friends: The Ardent Records Story."

  • Anonymous
    March 21, 2009 - 16:20 | Permalink

    From Wiki: The show usually opens with the theme song, "In the Street," by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell of the band Big Star. It was initially sung by Todd Griffin, but beginning with the second season, the song was performed by the band Cheap Trick, whose version is referred to as "That '70s Song (In the Street)." In a Rolling Stone magazine article in 2000, Chilton thought it was ironic that he is paid $70 in royalties each time the show is aired.

  • Tulloch
    March 21, 2009 - 19:13 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this excellent set and all your other fine posts!

  • Anonymous
    March 23, 2009 - 12:10 | Permalink

    Thank you very much for sharing this one….IMO if we´re talking about album sales…for me it´s a mystery that bands like The Police or Supertramp whatever…can sell a shitload of albums and a masterpiece like this just flopping…OK its appreciated nowadays…but still a kinda alternative album for the Powerpop nerds etc…Alex Chilton and Chris Bell was/is very talented.
    Best Danny.

  • Anonymous
    March 31, 2009 - 17:41 | Permalink

    Hello and thanks a million for this! Awesome stuff!

    Cheers, IUP

    May 9, 2009 - 16:45 | Permalink

    Thanks very much! I downloaded this a few months ago but only got to hear it now. Just amazing

  • Anonymous
    July 7, 2009 - 16:06 | Permalink

    Can't help but wonder whether Eggleston took that photograph. It sure looks like one of his.
    Thanks for posting this – what they made together was one of the best moments in rock. It's terrible that they didn't get the recognition they deserved.

  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2009 - 03:34 | Permalink

    Oh my Lord, This is the kind of issue I have been dreaming about!!!! Thanks soever much!

    Big Kahuna Star

  • Radio Free Wohlman
    September 19, 2009 - 01:54 | Permalink

    How did I miss this the first time around?????

    I am blissful and thankful,

  • Furrball
    October 13, 2009 - 09:06 | Permalink

    Just one question: After years of listening to the mono-only version of "O My Soul" on Radio City… is the alternative presented here in stereo?

    Love Big Star, love the site!

  • Capt. Willard
    October 13, 2009 - 13:13 | Permalink

    Sounds mono. As does the Alternate Version found on Keep An Eye On The Sky, the 2009 Big Star box set.

  • zappahead
    February 23, 2010 - 16:26 | Permalink

    Arghhh!!!!!!!…i cant seem to get away from your blog …without finding something else I like and want to hear but ….really,…thats it for now…thanks once again for this….be back some other time…Im sure….thanks for everything.

  • Anonymous
    April 20, 2010 - 19:11 | Permalink

    Thanks for this Capt. Big fan of your blog and Big Star.


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  • Dano
    November 11, 2013 - 17:50 | Permalink

    Willard – just noticed your soundtracks section. That’s just some crazy stuff on top of the other (wonderful) craziness… !! Keep up the good work.

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